The Goring and Streatley Regatta and River Festival – 20 July 2019
The Goring & Streatley Regatta and River Festival is held every two years, alternating with the Goring Festival. Around 2000 people attend each year to watch up to 40 crews battle it out on the river in what is often a display of spectacularly optimistic rowing. It’s not just rowing – there are other races too – canoeing, mini dragon boats and this year some crafty rafts! The emphasis is on entertainment both on and off the water for children and adults. It’s a brilliant day out!
Entry to the Regatta
Free for children!
Tickets are available on the day. Parking is free.
Entrance to the regatta is £8 for adults and children over the age of 16.
Up to 16 children are free, but must be accompanied by a adult.
The regatta site is located just outside Streatley on the Berkshire bank of the Thames.
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Getting to the regatta will be easier than ever this year, in addition to a Salter’s ferry running from Goring Lock to the regatta site, there will be two minibuses running shuttles between the regatta site and local pick-up points, including Goring station.
By car leave Streatley heading north on the A329 Wallingford Road, keep right where a side road forks left to Blewbury, go through a width restriction and 100 meters further on turn right down a farm lane which will be clearly signposted REGATTA.
For satnav users, post code RG8 9PU will take you right to the entrance.
By minibus, wait at Goring Station or other signposted pick up points in the village and, at 15 minute intervals, we will collect and return you at the end of the day.
By boat. There are a few mooring spaces below Cleeve Lock or upstream of the regatta, around the bend towards the Beetle and Wedge.
New This Year
BABY DRAGON BOAT RACING
This event is open to crews made up of 5 children and one adult. The children must be between 9 and 15. The races take place over 100 metres and will be run throughout the day, ending with a grand final for the Cup. All racers must be able to swim 25 metres and life jackets will be provided. Drumming is recommended.
Maximum 16 crews. Book in advance to avoid disappointment, or there may be space on the day. Entrance is £20 per boat.
CRAFTY RAFT RACE
For small groups of adults or children over the age of 9 – build your raft and race it!
Bring your gazebo and all the equipment you need along to the regatta, build your raft throughout the day, and race it in a 100 metre time-trial – racing up to four rafts at a time.
Marks will be given for design and speed to find the overall winner.
One adult must be in each raft. All entrants must be able to swim 25m. Life jackets will be provided and must be worn.
Entrance is £25 per raft.
Complete beginners are welcome
Groups of 4 rowers, all men, all women or mixed (2+2) crews. Entrants must be able to swim 50m in light clothing.
Crews are encouraged to wear fancy dress although you must be able to row in it so nothing that will trail when sitting down or stop you bending, and in case of particularly bad rowing, you should be able to swim in it (so the rear end of a horse is not advised). There is a prize for the best fancy dress.
There are 3 categories (Beginner, Intermediate and Experienced) which are determined after training so that the competition is as fair as possible.
Losing crews get to race again in the losers races – so you will get 2 races at least!
Club Rowers cannot row in these races (even experienced) but in the Club races only.
Training happens over the preceding 4 weeks, and all crews can have up to 4 practice sessions of 45 minutes each.
Entrance is £100 per boat. The fee includes training. It does not include entry to the regatta which must be paid on the day, £8 for 16 and over.
A long tradition of the regatta is for gazebos to line the river. There is plenty of picnic space near the finish line for those without gazebos but if you want to set up a base and bring a picnic and chairs etc then book a gazebo spot and enjoy your day.
Gazebo spots are £60 and there is strong competition so book early.
Gazebo bookings will be open soon. Check back here later.
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